General & Program Questions

What is Bravehearted Christian?

To read an overview of Bravehearted Christian, including its history and team, please visit our About page.

What Kind of Discipleship Programs Do You Offer?

Ellerslie Classic Training
The Ellerslie Classic Training includes 5-weeks of intensive discipleship training with Eric, Leslie, and their team at the beautiful Ellerslie Campus in Windsor, Colorado, followed by 9 additional weeks of personalized online training, instruction, and mentoring with the Ludy’s and their team.

Bravehearted Personal Discipleship
The Bravehearted Personal Discipleship includes 1-week of intensive discipleship training with Eric, Leslie and their team at the beautiful Ellerslie Campus in Windsor Colorado, followed by 90 additional days of personalized online training, instruction, and mentoring with the Ludy’s and their team.

Ellerslie Advanced Training
The Ellerslie Advanced Training is for alumni of either the Ellerslie or Bravehearted programs (mentioned above). This 5-week intensive spiritual and practical training for real-world ministry (missions, ministry leadership, orphan care, film production, etc) is held each summer at our Ellerslie Campus in Windsor, Colorado with the Ludy’s and their team.

Is the New Bravehearted Personal Discipleship Program Similar to Ellerslie Discipleship Training?

Yes! The Bravehearted Personal Discipleship program is based on the very same life-changing core curriculum as in the Ellerslie Discipleship Training, and taught by the same passionate instructors! The only difference is that the format is easier for anyone to attend—even those who have full-time jobs and other responsibilities that can often make it difficult to spend an entire semester on our campus in Colorado. One of the biggest advantages of this discipleship program is the continued training and mentoring online after the on-site training on the Ellerslie Campus. Through our online app, students are able to connect with each other and the Bravehearted team in a very personal way, no matter where they are located around the world. They are able to ask questions and gain personal support and ongoing training as they grapple with living out the truths they are learning in the program in everyday life.

Can Students Who Have Attended an Ellerslie Discipleship Training Semester Attend the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship Program?

Absolutely. We have had many Ellerslie alumni go through the program more than once, and the Bravehearted Personal Discipleship program makes it even more convenient to fit this discipleship training into your daily life! Students can greatly benefit from going through the material a second or third time—each time through the program, these life-changing truths can sink even deeper into your heart and mind!

What is the Difference Between Your Discipleship Programs and the Other Online Courses with Eric and Leslie?

Our discipleship programs offer an in-depth, set apart season to focus on Jesus Christ and become grounded in Gospel-centered living. These intensive on-site discipleship programs are life-changing and comprehensive, similar to a season at a Bible college or missionary training school, but with an epic, Gospel-centered focus! Our online courses with Eric and Leslie Ludy are topic-specific courses that you can take at home (or with a small group) at your own pace. They don’t include the in-depth foundational training contained in our Ellerslie Classic Training or Bravehearted Personal Discipleship, nor the personal mentoring and training from our staff. They are more like online Bible studies on practical topics such as relationships, marriage, prayer, and practical Christian living. Our online courses are a great option for those who do not have the time or money for our more in-depth training programs. To get a feel for our online courses, take Eric Ludy’s free online course on discipleship or visit the list of Leslie’s Ludy’s monthly Set Apart online courses for women.

What Type of Students Attend the Discipleship Programs?

The quintessential attribute of the students that attend the Ellerslie Classic Training and Bravehearted Personal Discipleship programs is raw spiritual hunger for more of God. Students come because they believe there is more to the Christian faith than what they have personally seen and experienced. And they want more. They dare to ask for more. Though many of our students fall into the collegiate demographic, every semester also has married couples, families, pastors, and elder Christians in a season of transition. We have students of all ages, representing nearly every conservative evangelical denomination from all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as from many other countries around the world.

What is the Main Focus of the Discipleship Programs?

During this set apart season of discipleship training, we desire our students to encounter the majesty, loveliness, and worthiness of Jesus Christ, personally behold the efficacy of His amazing Cross-work, be wholly set free from the cyclical patterns of defeat that have encumbered their lives, and powerfully begin a dynamic spiritual growth process that turns them outward from their previous self-centered and fleshly existence, to pour out their strength in bringing life to the weak and dying around them. We want our students to know how to pray, read and study the Bible, share the Gospel, and live a triumphant Christian life with Jesus Christ at the center. For more information, please see the curriculum details for Ellerslie Classic Training, Bravehearted Personal Discipleship, and/or Ellerslie Advanced Training. You are also welcome to contact our staff with any questions, at info@bravehartedchristian.com

What is the Main Focus of the Summer Ellerslie Advanced Training Program for Alumni?

The Ellerslie Advanced Training is a 5-week intensive discipleship program held each summer for alumni who have finished either the Ellerslie Classic Training and/or Bravehearted Personal Discipleship. Students will be gain advanced training in Gospel-centered living and become equipped with key spiritual tools for effective ministry. Additionally, students can choose a specific track of study in which to hone practical ministry skills. Specific tracks include Preparing for World Missions, Writing a Book and Communicating Biblically, Methods of Teaching and Orphan Advocacy, Film Production in Light of the Gospel, Reaching Today’s Young Women, and a General Ministry track. The Ellerslie Advanced Training program provides an important spiritual and practical foundation for students considering any kind of ministry, or simply students who desire to take the discipleship training to a deeper level in their lives. Visit our Ellerslie Advanced Training page for more information!

Can I Visit the Ellerslie Campus Prior to Attending a Discipleship Program? Can Friends and Family Visit Me During My Time On Campus?

Yes! You are welcome to visit our campus. Before planning your visit, please review our visitor’s guidelines.

What is the Ellerslie Campus Like?

The Ellerslie campus is a beautiful and peaceful environment that sits on a lake and overlooks the Rocky Mountains. For more details and photos, please visit our Campus page.

I Have Specific Questions About the Program, Can I Contact You By Phone or Email?

You are welcome to contact our staff with any questions about which program is right for you, or to discuss any particular needs or concerns you may have. Please contact us at (970) 686-9021or info@bravehearted.com. We would love to hear from you!

How Can I Request Eric or Leslie to Speak at My Church/Event?

Please contact us at (970) 686-9021 or info@bravehearted.com with any speaking requests and we will do our best to respond to you promptly. The Ludy’s availability is limited, but each request is prayerfully considered in light of their schedule and other ministry commitments.

Doctrine & Message Questions

What is Bravehearted Christian's statement of faith?

We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible and authoritative Word of God. We believe that the Canon of Scripture has been divinely preserved and that it is in fact the Word of God, and is useful for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Further, the Word of God in text points us to the Word of God in Person, Jesus Christ. Finally, we stand firm upon the two immutable truths of God’s counsel and His oath, in which it is impossible for God to lie. And this we hold as the anchor for our souls (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 1, Hebrews 6:18). We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Godhead is flawlessly and perfectly immutable.

We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.

We believe man was created good and upright, but fell from that place of perfection into a condition of spiritual depravity. Thusly, man stands condemned in the light of God’s justice.

We believe the only means of being justified and cleansed from our sin, and thusly the eternal penalty of it and its control over our soul, is through repentance and through faith in the precious blood of Christ. And we believe that personal salvation is evidenced in the regeneration of the believing man or woman by the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Scriptures teach a life of holiness. Sanctification is a separation from that which is evil and a dedication unto God. We believe all believers should earnestly pursue sanctification by walking in obedience to God’s Word. We further believe that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus will return to this earth in order to judge all that which has defied His Lordly position, claim that which was purchased by His blood, and to rule and reign over all His possession for eternity.

What is Bravehearted Christian's central message?

In simple terms, it is to establish Jesus Christ at the very center of the Christian life, and to establish His Cross-work at the very center of all doctrine, reasoning, and living. We believe that the Christian life is meant to actually work in a real-world functional way, and not just in a theoretical academic sense. We believe that God has supplied to each of us, in and through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His subsequent resurrection, ascension, and out-poured Spirit, everything we need in order to live out a triumphant life on this earth. The following are several key sermons by Pastor Eric Ludy that clearly enunciates the heart of Bravehearted Christian’s message:

Are there certain points of doctrine that Bravehearted Christian is willing to divide over?

Absolutely. Just because we give reasonable allowance on Scriptural points where there are varying conclusions (ie. soteriology, eschatology, head coverings, spiritual gifts, etc.) does not mean we don’t have a spine in our belief system. We believe that true historic Christianity is defined by five key doctrinal positions. And it is on these five doctrinal pillars that Bravehearted Christian is built and constructed.

The Reformation era brought about what Christian history refers to as the Five Solae that differentiated the True Church from the Apostate church (Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christo, and Sola Gloria). Bravehearted Christian embraces the Five Solae as written below; and marked by the love and kindness of Jesus Christ, here we as a ministry stand unbending, incorrigible, and immovable.

THE FIVE SOLAE OF BRAVEHEARTED CHRISTIAN

1. Sola Scriptura (By God’s Word Alone)

God’s Word is, in fact and in truth, God’s Word.

The 66 canonized books of Scripture are of Divine origin and bear the very nature of God Almighty (they are pure, holy, unchanging, without lie, and wholly authoritative). What the Word of God says, goes. When it speaks, the true believer doesn’t argue, negotiate, or critique—rather he bends his knee, submits, and says, “Yes, Lord!” There is no other book, outside the Bible, that bears such position, honor, and authority.

2. Sola Christo (By Christ Alone)

Jesus is the ONLY WAY unto the Father.

Outside of Jesus and His work upon the Cross, there is no hope for man to enter into the perfectly righteous domain of God. But, in Jesus, a way has been made to access the Throne Room of Grace. That Way is Jesus, Himself. And by faith, a believer is enabled to enter into the Person of Christ, and thus be clothed by His very righteousness, His atoning, reconciling, redeeming, regenerating work upon the Cross. And by faith, a believer is able to share in Christ’s death, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension. Thus in Christ Jesus, a believer is brought near unto the Father, adopted as a son or daughter of the King, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. There is no other Way, outside of Jesus Christ, that any man or woman can approach the Throne of Grace and be reconciled unto the Father.

Jesus is God.

As God’s Word is Truth, so is God’s Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. Like the Scriptures that testify of Him, He too is of Divine origin. He is God Almighty, revealing the pure, holy, unchanging, guileless, and wholly authoritative nature of Jehovah God. There is no other man, outside of Jesus, that bears such position, honor, and authority.

3. Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)

Faith in Jesus is the ONLY way to access the Salvation offered at the Cross.

Trusting, child-like confidence in the work of Jesus upon the Cross is the ONLY means by which a sinner can gain access to the saving grace manifest in Christ. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God …” (Hebrews 11:6). And there is no other means, outside of faith, that any man or woman may access the grace, the righteousness, the salvation, and the mercies of God.

4. Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)

Grace is the ONLY means by which a Christian can live out the Triumphant life of Jesus.

Without Grace there is no power for a Christian to live as they ought to live. Without Grace there is no power for salvation – no victory over Sin and the Flesh. For, a man or woman in his/her own natural power cannot imitate Jesus’ perfect life. They must receive the impartation of Jesus (or grace) in order to live as they ought to live. And there is no other means, outside of Grace, that any man or woman can live righteously as they ought.

5. Sola Deo Gloria (For the Glory of Christ Alone)

The Glory of Jesus Christ is our Ultimate Goal.

The Christian must decrease that Christ Jesus might increase. There is only One that saves—Jesus. There is only One that is righteous—Jesus. There is only One that is holy, One that is good, One that is perfect, One that is sinless, and One that has done it. And this One is the focal point—the entire fixation of the Christian life. It is all about Him, all for Him, and all to Him. His glory, His praise, His worship, and His renown is the great end of the man or woman that believes.

Does Bravehearted Christian identify and affiliate with a specific denomination?

Bravehearted Christian is congruent with Christian denominations that emphasize the power, preservation, purity, and pedigree of Scripture, the centrality of Jesus and His Cross-work, the infilling of the Almighty Holy Spirit of Grace, the expectancy of triumph in the daily walk of a believer, and the great aim of the Church being the Glory of God. We have every conservative denominational persuasion represented in our student body—from pentecostal, to anabaptist, to reformed, to methodist, to charismatic. The Bravehearted Christian staff consists of Christian influencers from a varied background of denominational frameworks. But there is a strong agreement on the fact that Jesus Christ and the work of the Cross is the primary doctrinal baseline and reasoning point from which our training springs forth. For more specifics about our core beliefs, we encourage you to read our statement of belief and listen to the following messages from Eric Ludy—“Christophany” and “The Simplitist.”

How Do You Handle the More Controversial and Divisive Issues of Soteriology (Salvation) and Eschatology (End Times) at Bravehearted Christian?

One of the primary things that makes Bravehearted Christian so unique is the broad base of denominational persuasions among our students. We have strong Calvinists, staunch Arminianists, and even Open-view soteriologists that pass through. We have preterists, pre-tribs, mid-tribs, post-tribs, and every millennial persuasion in-between-and-surrounding represented in our midst. So how do we keep the peace? We make it very clear what we are about. We are not about a soteriological viewpoint or an eschatological viewpoint. We are about Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. We ask our students to lay down their differences during their brief time in the on-site portion of Bravehearted Personal Discipleship, and focus wholly on the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture and behold the mighty work of the Cross. Bravehearted Christian believes that true spiritual unity is possible if everyone fixes their compass to the North Star of Scripture—Jesus and the Cross. This method has garnered extraordinary results that defy the contentious nature of the modern Christian system of denominational identification and line drawing. We in no way want to lessen the clarity of Scripture on any point. We do not avoid speaking straight on any given point of doctrine, but we are sensitive to the fact that certain peripheral aspects of doctrine must be handled with gracious dexterity, due to the wide variety of differing viewpoints.

What is Bravehearted Christian’s Position on Speaking in Tongues?

At Bravehearted Christian we teach that the Bible is the record of Truth. It cannot lie. It is without error and without flaw. And when it talks about tongues and spiritual gifts it is 100% correct in its statements. That said, we teach that the primary gift of God is NOT tongues, but Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Gift of God (see John 4:10; 3:16) and His Unspeakable Gift (see 2 Corinthians 9:15). We do not believe that a Christian must speak in tongues in order to demonstrate a saving work of grace in Christ Jesus or evidence of Spirit-baptism. Rather, we believe that the primary evidence of repentance and life transformation is Love. A man or woman of God speaking, living, and acting in Love is the great evidence of change and the primary fruit of the Spirit of God. Simply put, a true Christian, altered by the grace of God, reveals Jesus. At Bravehearted Christian, we do not stand against the Biblical concept of tongues, but we do not allow demonstrations of tongues or specific beliefs about tongues to become a distraction or point of contention among our students in our Bravehearted Personal Discipleship program.

What is Bravehearted Christian's Position on Spiritual Gifts?

We believe that spiritual gifts are still alive and right for the Church today, but they don’t fall under the typical classification of charismatic or pentecostal in our church practices. We believe that the Spirit of God must rule the church environment. We believe that every detail and every action of church activity must be enabled by the Spirit, directed by the Spirit, and harnessed to the Spirit’s lead. We believe that when the Body of Christ is yielded to the leadership of the Spirit of God, then Jesus Christ will be seen more clearly in our midst, and that every individual member of the Body will be enabled by God, and equipped by God, to perform their unique and particular role in the Body. In light of this, we are a very conservative expression of this Truth, and we are very guarded to honor and reverence God in our practice of it. Everything is done decently and in order and the many conservative denominational expressions found in our midst all feel honored, safe, and respected. Long and short, we believe that God gifts the members of the Body with grace to function in whatever role they are assigned, that the church may declare to the Heavenlies the manifold wisdom of God. For a more detailed understanding of Bravehearted Christian’s handling of the Person of the Holy Spirit, listen to Pastor Eric Ludy’s sermon entitled, “The Master Builder.”

What is Bravehearted Christian's position on modern day apostles?

Bravehearted Christian is not affiliated in any way nor adheres to the beliefs amongst the rapidly growing movement often referred to as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). For a detailed understanding of Bravehearted Christian’s position on modern day apostles, listen to Pastor Eric Ludy’s sermon entitled, “The Pattern-Passers.”

What Does Bravehearted Christian Teach About Biblical Headship and the Role of Women / Role of Men?

We believe that the Bible speaks to this issue matter-of-factly. However, how it is often applied within the modern Church has been lacking the nature and the attitude of Christ. Eric Ludy gave two messages entitled, “Feminine Beauty” and “The Position of the Woman” that directly answers this question. If this particular issue is of concern for you, then please take some time to review this message.

Why Does Bravehearted Christian Have Such a Strong Emphasis on the Cross? Are You Not Diminishing the Resurrection By Talking So Much About the Cross?

The reason we emphasize the Cross so heavily is not to displace the resurrection, but to amplify it. Unless you understand the Cross, the resurrection has no context. In fact, we don’t just emphasize the resurrection, we proclaim it with loudest voice (and trust us, Pastor Eric Ludy can get really loud!). And we don’t stop at the resurrection, but we also proclaim the ascension and the exaltation of Jesus Christ to the right hand of the Father, the subsequent sending forth of the Holy Spirit to dwell within the body of every believer, and the imminent return of our precious King. We make a big deal about Jesus Christ and His Cross in order that all the amazing work gained there would be wholly appreciated and appropriated.

Is Bravehearted Christian "King James Only"?

No. The writers, preachers, and teachers in Bravehearted Christian (and its training programs) use a variety of word-for-word translations such as the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and ESB as the basis of their Biblical study, writing, and teaching. Though KJV is used, Bravehearted Christian does not promote the KJV as the only viable translation. Bravehearted Christian supports the versions of the Bible that are word-for-word translations from the original text.

Family Discipleship Questions

What is the Definition of a Family?

When we say family, we mean “immediate nuclear family” and not “extended family.” But for the sake of clarity, just in case you are wanting to stick Cousin Joe, Uncle Fred, “Sister" Judy (from your small group Bible study), and Neighbor Natalie from next door into your family application - the definition of a family is a group of individuals connected through common parents. Technically, it doesn’t need to be a biological connection, or even a legal adoption connection, but if the individual in question looks to your family as the primary means by which they receive practical, monetary, emotional, and spiritual care - then that’s good enough for us - you can certainly include them. However, Cousin Joe, Uncle Fred, “Sister” Judy, and Neighbor Natalie will need to apply separately.

Is a Family expected to stay On-Campus in the Dorms, or Off-Campus?

Families are able to join at our family rate, but will be expected to stay off-campus while here in Windsor. If family desires to stay on-campus, the initial price of $1950* would cover 2 on-campus spots, or unlimited off-campus. Every additional family member that desires to stay on campus would cost $200/ea. So, a family of 3 would cost $2150, a family of 6 $2750, a family of 10 $3550. Note - infants and very young children (under the age of 4) who are sleeping in a portable crib and not eating regular meals on campus will not be charged. If there are any additional questions about whether a young child can qualify as a “free” person, please contact us.

*Note: prices listed are for our Bravehearted Personal Discipleship program. To see a complete list of family prices, check out our program cost comparison page.

If a Family chooses to stay On-Campus, can they all stay together in the Dorms?

Unfortunately not, since we do not have family housing available on our campus. However, the men/boys could stay together in the guys' dorm while the women/girls could stay together in the girls' dorm.

Are there Host Families that a Family can stay with while in Windsor?

That’s very possible. Our home church, The Church at Ellerslie, loves families and loves sharing their homes with hungry Christians. Of course, there is no guarantee that there will be a family with a home available during your stay, but, we would certainly be willing to check for you. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact us.

How do I decide which of my children should participate in the sessions (what age is the material geared for)?

We believe that the truths shared through this program can impact your entire family! While the material is spiritually deep and Biblically rich, we have had students as young as eleven or twelve participate in the sessions with great success. It all depends on where your child is at in their ability to focus and absorb spiritual truth. Younger children are also welcome to sit in on the sessions and do other activities if they are not quite old enough to take in what is being taught. (We do ask that any children who are crying or being a distraction be taken out for the sake of all the students participating.) In short, all ages are welcome to attend the sessions, and it is up to you as the parent as to the level of participation you would like your children to have. The 90 days of follow-up sessions online is another great way to involve your entire family in these life-changing messages; whether you watch the online sessions together, or simply use the truths you are learning to disciple your children in a way that works for your family. During the 90 days of follow up training, each family will have a designated mentor who can help guide them through the material, answer questions, and be a spiritual support to them during the program.

Are meals included if a family stays off-campus?

Lunch is included with a family registration for families who are staying off campus. For other meals, on-campus families will be on their own. (Note: We do offer gluten and dairy free options with every meal on campus, but are unable to accommodate additional dietary restrictions, so please plan accordingly. You are welcome to bring your own food to campus if you have special dietary restrictions or preferences.)

What is the difference between a family registration and an individual registration?

The registration process is the same for both families and individuals. Once you register as a family, you will be contacted by our staff and sent an additional form to fill out so that we can get the details necessary to register your entire family for the training (ie. number of family members participating, genders, ages, and whether these family members are intending to stay on-campus or off-campus).

Still have questions?

We would love to answer them! Please feel free to contact us at info@bravehearted.com and a member of our team will respond within 1-2 business days.